Joe went to town yesterday and picked up the vaccinations I needed for the horses. I was very late in getting them this year, bad me. I always give them Strangles, West Niles and 5-way. The 5 way has all kinds of goodies in it one of which is Rabies, a much needed item in my neck of the woods. We have raccoons, fox, coyotes and all kinds of critters that could easily pick up that awful disease and pass it on. Not to mention the West Niles and my gosh, the mosquitoes this year. Where did they come from? Anyway, they got them yesterday, actually my 16 year old administered them all. She has really learned a lot about taking care of the horses.
Yes, you two yahoos are fully vaccinated now. I actually took this picture a few weeks ago but I really like it. Damn, my babies look good even if I do say so myself. Now if I can just find a nice or somewhat cooler day to get a ride or two in before the heat of the summer hits full force I will be a happy camper. I just can't stand the heat this year. It is 'that time' in my life, sorry guys, that all women have to go through and let me tell you it is kicking my ass this year.
It is supposed to be in the mid 80's this weekend so perhaps I can get up early and ride or can even choose to ride in the evening when it cools off. Or both! I have got to ride Jones because she is starting to be a mare (which means a bitch) and developing some habits that I need to work on. When I got her and first tried her out she was not in good health. She walked really slowly, didn't care about getting in any kind of hurry and I thought "good, she likes my favorite gait.....walking." but now that she is healthy and has her weight back on she is full of shit. Does anyone have any ideas about working with her to stand still to be mounted? Also, she has started really shaking her head when being ridden. I have used 2 different types of bits, both broken though. I am thinking maybe a Tom Thumb might be better on her since she has such a soft mouth. I have one so I just might give that a try. My daughter's gelding has to have a strong bit so he can be controlled easier.
I need a round pen big time. I want to buy one so badly but I have spent so much money on everything for them, those of you who own horses know that it is not cheap by any standard of the word. I have lost money on top of money buying the wrong horses, then when I sell them don't make anything, in fact lose money. I bought a 2 horse trailer that I thought would be perfect for Dakota but hell no! He would NOT get in it. I know why he acted like he did and I should have known better. It was way too small for a 16h gelding. I need a stock trailer but I have not been able to find one in decent shape that is affordable.
Goodness, I sure did rant on didn't I? I have some new pictures but I have not been able to get my family off of the computer long enough when I get home in order to upload them. I hope to do that tonight.
Our garden is coming along. We have already starting picking banana peppers. I sense some Italian roast beef being made soon! Love it cooked slow with banana peppers and Italian seasonings. On a roll with provolone cheese.......YUMMY! We have some cherry tomatoes, well one, that Joe picked last night. I am going to make a very conscious effort to not waste anything from the garden this year. With grocery prices what they are I want to take advantage of all that is harvested!